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50 top-rated authors

Authors rated by at least 50 members (average/ratings/raters).

Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), Janet Arnold (4.76/294/131), William R. Trumble (4.71/84/84), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.71/92/92), Crossway Bibles (4.7/647/563), Arthur G. Bennett (4.69/207/207), Ollie Johnston (4.68/96/84), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.68/101/79), Karl Elliger (4.66/106/106), William M. Gaines (4.65/391/65), Frank H. Netter (4.65/108/60), Pete Souza (4.65/62/60), Richard Williams (4.62/57/57), Bill Watterson (4.62/10673/3303), Harold Abelson (4.62/213/211), Bryan Stevenson (4.6/325/325), George Frideric Handel (4.58/188/74), Jenn Dlugos (4.58/55/50), Westminster Assembly (4.57/71/63), Jeff Brumbeau (4.57/104/85), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.57/337/201), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/63/63), Avraham Azrieli (4.56/289/152), Luigi Serafini (4.55/113/109), Harold McGee (4.55/443/413), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.55/59/59), Michael Greger (4.55/60/60), Drew Daywalt (4.54/903/752), Michael Whelan (4.54/93/71), Nabeel Qureshi (4.54/71/61), Catherine D. Hughes (4.54/61/50), Don Rosa (4.54/543/191), Menena Cottin (4.54/139/139), Carla Emery (4.54/100/100), Lindsay Mattick (4.53/162/162), Robert A. Caro (4.53/1181/635), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.53/87/88), Hans Rosling (4.53/56/61), Stanley Kunitz (4.53/79/69), Albert Seba (4.52/62/59), Brant Pitre (4.52/64/52), James Jean (4.52/86/57), Angie Thomas (4.52/576/577), Russel Lazega (4.52/73/73), Anna Botsford Comstock (4.52/51/52), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.52/376/127), Lin-Manuel Miranda (4.52/200/199), Jim Pojar (4.51/74/61), Tom Tierney (4.51/620/96), Eberhard Nestle (4.51/212/208) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.73/71/70), Randy Davila (2.15/123/123), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.21/122/100), Christopher Ransom (2.24/143/137), Hal Lindsey (2.38/152/101), Jessica Cutler (2.39/57/57), Rebecca Campbell (2.44/60/55), Hannah Tennant-Moore (2.49/53/53), Rebecca Wolff (2.51/57/51), Sue Lange (2.55/64/59), John B. Olson (2.55/202/194), Simon Cox (2.59/93/88), Nancy Balbirer (2.59/61/61), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Michael Gerber (2.6/222/179), Melissa P. (2.61/209/198), O. J. Simpson (2.64/90/88), Alexander Campion (2.65/57/51), Emma Tennant (2.66/227/181), Arabella Weir (2.66/63/59), Joanne Dahme (2.67/56/53), Catherine Millet (2.68/220/215), Janet Groth (2.68/56/56), Adèle Lang (2.68/58/57), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.68/93/92), Trudy Baker (2.68/65/62), Simon (2.7/164/140), Douglas Monroe (2.71/64/55), John Milne (2.72/64/57), Jacquelyn Cook (2.73/97/89), Erich von Däniken (2.73/573/401), Ellen Fein (2.75/93/72), Billy Corgan (2.75/51/51), Eden Cole (2.76/121/55), Tara Bray Smith (2.76/102/101), Charlotte Roche (2.78/332/317), Robin Kirman (2.78/56/56), Vonna Harper (2.78/92/53), Matthew Klam (2.78/68/65), Phoenix Desmond (2.78/55/55), Cook Coleridge (2.78/62/62), Michael Drosnin (2.79/158/141), Tracy Quan (2.79/118/93), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.79/53/53), Frank Brennan (2.8/105/94), Andrew Keen (2.8/178/176), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/62/59), Johanna Skibsrud (2.8/129/125), Jill Price (2.8/51/51), Anna Sam (2.81/67/66) — show more

50 authors people can't agree on

Must have 50 raters. The numbers are the standard deviation of rating—how much they differ from the average.

50 uncontroversial authors

The least divergent star ratings. Must have 50 raters.

Authors who LibraryThing (complete list)

Lee Child, Diana Gabaldon, Don Maitz, Brandon Sanderson, Sandra Brown, David Brin, John Green, Laurie R. King, Jon Scieszka, Patrick Rothfuss, Jude Deveraux, Laurie Halse Anderson, Diane Duane, Naomi Novik, Joe Hill, Ann Brashares, Jennifer Weiner, James Rollins, James Dashner, Nancy Holder, Elizabeth Bear, Lisa See, Katie MacAlister, Andrew Gross, Chris Bohjalian, Dan Chaon, Susan Mallery, Manon Smits, Melissa Marr, Janny Wurts, Tite Kubo, Jo Beverley, Sharon Kay Penman, Angela Elwell Hunt, Joan Holub, Alan M. Clark, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Randy Alcorn, Susan Wittig Albert, Susan Wiggs, Adriana Trigiani, Alan Furst, Sarah Addison Allen, Alma Flor Ada, Edward R. Tufte, Sharon Lee, N. K. Jemisin, Deborah Harkness, Sherryl Woods, Matthew Pearl — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (632,496), Stephen King (492,002), Terry Pratchett (391,955), J. R. R. Tolkien (309,628), C. S. Lewis (300,400), Neil Gaiman (269,039), William Shakespeare (262,170), Nora Roberts (260,500), Agatha Christie (238,240), James Patterson (229,301), Jane Austen (197,048), Charles Dickens (189,233), Isaac Asimov (187,839), Stephenie Meyer (179,284), John Grisham (176,308), Dr. Seuss (165,104), Janet Evanovich (155,892), Dan Brown (154,106), Orson Scott Card (152,144), Anne McCaffrey (150,072), Dean Koontz (146,552), Roald Dahl (144,075), Kurt Vonnegut (141,625), George Orwell (137,941), Anne Rice (137,207), George R. R. Martin (136,055), Douglas Adams (135,752), John Steinbeck (132,813), Mary Pope Osborne (129,683), Robert A. Heinlein (127,737), Mercedes Lackey (126,889), Charlaine Harris (124,651), Mark Twain (123,039), Margaret Atwood (122,580), Suzanne Collins (122,227), Lemony Snicket (117,766), Rick Riordan (116,931), Laurell K. Hamilton (114,995), Robert Jordan (114,431), Ernest Hemingway (112,310), Michael Crichton (110,927), Fyodor Dostoevsky (107,725), Haruki Murakami (107,624), Piers Anthony (105,029), Ray Bradbury (104,437), Jim Butcher (100,201), Philip Pullman (99,483), Gabriel García Márquez (96,608), Ursula K. Le Guin (95,941), Carolyn Keene (95,429), Philip K. Dick (94,395), Bill Bryson (94,276), Jodi Picoult (93,707), Arthur Conan Doyle (93,448), Patricia Cornwell (92,343), F. Scott Fitzgerald (90,938), David Eddings (89,369), L. M. Montgomery (88,536), Michael Connelly (87,461), Frank Herbert (85,658), Arthur C. Clarke (85,499), Tamora Pierce (85,472), Tom Clancy (85,191), Alexander McCall Smith (84,284), J. D. Salinger (83,043), Neal Stephenson (82,968), Madeleine L'Engle (81,642), R. L. Stine (80,672), Clive Cussler (80,086), Nicholas Sparks (80,040), Umberto Eco (78,697), Laura Ingalls Wilder (78,396), Leo Tolstoy (77,937), Stieg Larsson (77,728), Beverly Cleary (76,899) — show more

50 "completist" authors

Average number of books in a collection, if there's one.

Notes: See standard deviation for more on this concept. Basically, if everyone basically agrees that an author's books are good or bad, the standard deviation is low. If opinions differ a lot, the standard deviation of ratings is high. All statistics are updated daily, if possible, or more frequently.

 

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